Local News

  • Sheriff’s office offers $1,000 reward in break-in spree

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help to find the people who are breaking into and stealing from homes in the Winnabow and Leland areas.

    The sheriff’s office is offering a $1,000 award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crimes, which have occurred in the past week, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • BCAR names Cumbie new CEO

    The Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR) Board of Directors has named Cynthia Cumbie as its new CEO.

    Cumbie previously served as multiple listing service (MLS) director and has acted as interim CEO since Steve Candler’s departure in May. Candler resigned to take a similar position in Bozeman, Mont., after serving as BCAR CEO since 2005.

  • Calabash man, passenger die in single-vehicle crash

    A 59-year-old Calabash man and his passenger died in a single-vehicle crash Thursday, Aug. 27.

    Robert L. Gross, of Pineclair Drive, was driving a gold, four-door Ford Taurus at 10:20 p.m. on Thomasboro Road on his way home when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a concrete culvert in a drainage ditch, deputy coroner Dave Crocker said.

    Gross and his front-seat passenger, 44-year-old Timothy Jones of Stanley, N.C., the owner of the vehicle, were pronounced dead at the scene, Crocker said.

  • Brunswick County inmate dies in apparent suicide

    A female inmate died Monday, Aug. 31, after being found unresponsive at the Brunswick County Detention Facility the day before.

    Heather Johnson, 35, died at 12:09 a.m. at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, according to a news release issued by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Brunswick County Detention Facility officers discovered Johnson unresponsive in her cell as a result of an apparent suicide attempt at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Two injured in Sunday morning shooting in Bolivia

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating an early Sunday morning shooting that left two men injured.

    Terrance Laquinn Jones, 40, and Fredrick Williams Jr., 34, were shot about 12:50 a.m. Sunday during a card game at a residence at 2850 Brown Road in Bolivia, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Both victims were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington where they were treated for their injuries and released, Flax said.

  • Former Leland police officer pleads guilty to attempted murder

     BOLIVIA — A former Leland police lieutenant accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase last September will spend at least two decades in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of attempted murder in Brunswick County Superior Court last week.

  • Leland Cultural Arts Center hosts open house Aug. 29.

    Arts enthusiasts are invited to see what is happening at the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) with an open house Saturday, Aug. 29.

    The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free and open to the public. It will feature tours of the facility, hands-on activities, door prizes, refreshments and a chance to meet the instructors.

  • Belville board supports two riverwalk park events

    BELVILLE — Belville officials agreed to support two upcoming events hosted at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park.

    Jonas Williams of the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce requested approval for a bonfire and the use of town equipment to show an outdoor movie Oct. 30 as part of the second annual Bikes, Boots and BBQ, which will run Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

    Williams said he has spoken to Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner and was told they would need to apply for a permit and provide a bond for $500,000 in liability insurance.

  • Vote on rezoning Leland’s U.S. 17 property set for September

    LELAND — For three months, Leland officials have gone back and forth on the FlexCode zoning of five parcels on U.S. 17 and will have to take up the issue a fourth time in September based on the town board’s vote during its Aug. 20 meeting.

  • Navassa officials skeptical of environmental cleanup site trustees

    NAVASSA — Navassa residents, lead by Mayor Eulis Willis, came out of an Aug. 18 environmental clean-up program organizing meeting skeptical that they would have a say in the project.

    More than 75 people attended the informational meeting at Navassa’s Mount Calvary AME church where they learned a $23 million legal settlement will pay for repairing the ecosystem damaged by creosote that leaked into the waterways from a nearby plant.